Leading Republican Presidential candidates will head to Philadelphia this week to address one of the party’s most powerful groups: parents.
Moms for Liberty, which hosts the summit in Philadelphia, is an influential group in the conservative movement rising to prominence as a kingmaker since its inception two years ago.
Although the group doesn’t have plans to endorse a candidate in the Republican primary, the group’s influence is evident, considering how many 2024 candidates will attend the summit to court the group.
That influence had been solidified on the local level, where the candidates the group endorsed won swept school board races, leading to significant changes in K-12 schools.
Down the road from the Philadelphia Marriott, where the group will welcome former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former Governor of South Carolina, a local chapter of Moms for Liberty is supporting school board members advocating for policy changes at the Central Bucks School District.
The group’s outsized influence in the region led to a new conservative majority winning school board seats in 2021.
Following the victory, the district banned books with “sexualized content” from school libraries.
It also implemented a neutrality policy, causing a school librarian to remove a quote by Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust and Nobel Prize-winning author, because it appeared political, and ensured educators could no longer display LGBTQ pride flags or call a child their preferred pronouns without the permission of the child’s parent.
The group is pleased with their accomplishments, wearing them like a badge of honor, especially during Central Bucks school board meetings, where some of the local chapter’s 1,200 members don navy blue t-shirts that read “We Don’t Co-Parent With The Government.”